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McSherry Nursery Attracts Avid Gardeners Year Round

By S. Mathur

The full service garden center in Conway, NH is always worth a visit, whether you're an avid gardener or a beginner. It's the layout that separates the nursery from others, encouraging people to spend a few hours among the plants.

"We like to have the nursery be a place that people can come wander and relax and enjoy looking at the flowers," manager Paige Fox said. "There are also examples of window boxes and planters with combinations of annuals that work great together. It gives people ideas of colors and textures that they can plant in a garden or a pot."

Avid gardeners from all over western Maine and New Hampshire come here for new varieties of plants as well as seasonal specials like water plants and Christmas wreaths and decorations.

"We like to order the best new plants for our area," Fox said. "Growers are constantly coming out with hardier and more disease resistant plants, including some of our favorites like Hydrangeas, Roses and Coneflower. These new varieties lead to greater success for the gardener."

There's a good stock of perennials, annuals, trees, and shrubs as well as garden decor and tools. The plants are all healthy and well cared for. Staff are happy to answer questions about gardening or a particular plant or just to chat, in person or via email.

"We love to help our customers succeed with the plants they choose whether it's a small herb garden, or their home landscape," Fox said. "We look for the best quality plants, trees and shrubs we can find in northern New England. Having a good selection of annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs helps people find what they need for a project and maybe even decorate with a birdbath or garden bling."

As you would expect at a garden center, the stock varies with the seasons. In the summer, there are water plants and pink and purple Buddleia to attract butterflies. Fall is the season for colorful mums, kale, pansies, asters, and pumpkins, and also hay bales, corn stalks, apples, cider and maple syrup. Christmas trees, wreaths and decorations are available until the store closes for the holidays. For those who need help with their gardens, anything from planting window boxes and planters to landscape design, the nursery offers a variety of services.

Workshops also help gardeners learn the skills to match their enthusiasm. They can learn which plants attract the kind of creatures they want in their gardens, real or mythical. A recent workshop on fairy gardens advised customers on dwarf trees and shrubs, and touches like whimsical cottages, gnome doors, bridges, paths, rustic fences, garden tools and even miniature animals to attract fairies.

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